The Android Auto platform already allows Android users to connect their phones to their car displays. This is a useful feature when using Google Maps to navigate your drive or listening to music. You’ll soon be able to make calls using WhatsApp with Android Auto from the latest Pixel and Samsung smartphones.
Google announced the new feature on Thursday, along with several other new features and design upgrades. The Android Auto update was first announced at CES, the world’s largest tech conference. Automakers and other companies involved in the automotive industry have a significant presence at CES and are increasing their presence.
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To meet one of the top consumer requests for Android Auto, Google also announced the introduction of seekable progress bars for music and podcasts on the platform. This allows users to skip songs and episodes.
The updated platform also offers “smart” suggestions, such as easy ways to share arrival times, reminders for missed calls, and on-screen shortcuts for replying to messages and calling your favorite contacts. going.
Meanwhile, Google will soon introduce digital key sharing to Samsung phones, and Xiaomi users will be able to both use and share car digital keys later this year. Google already introduced digital key sharing between Pixel phones and iPhones.
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The new Android Auto design features three priorities for drivers: navigation, communication, and music and podcast playback. To that end, the map is now closer to the driver’s seat on the display, making it easier to see. Plus, new media cards include the best Material You featuring your favorite album art. There’s also a new Quick Launcher for quick access to recently used apps.
Google also secured new partnerships with automakers, increasing the number of car brands that offer Google built-ins. This allows you to use the Google app directly from your car screen without relying on your phone. Honda offers Google’s built-in on his 2023 Accord Touring model, while brands like Ford and Lincoln are planning to introduce it later this year.